About Advania

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Advania is a leading Nordic IT company and operates throughout the region. Advania has a staff of 1,100 people and 17 offices in 3 countries. The company is built on a solid foundation that spans over 70 years of technology service to businesses.

Advania has over 10,000 corporate clients. The Advania headquarters are based in Iceland but the company also has a solid position in the Nordic markets through its subsidiaries in Norway and Sweden. The Advania operations are certified according to international quality and security standards ISO 9001 and ISO 27001.

The Family

Iceland

With 600 IT specialists Advania Iceland offers diverse services and solutions for software, consulting, hardware, IT operations, hosting and data center services. Advania Iceland covers information technology from A to Z, offering its customers a one-stop-shop for integrated IT services.

Advania has operations in six locations in Iceland: 2 in Reykjavík and 1 in each: Hafnarfjörður, Grindavík, Sauðárkrókur and Akureyri. CEO of Advania Iceland is Gestur G. Gestsson.

The software solutions of Advania Iceland are divided into two categories. Off-the-shelf solutions from international partners and in-house developed solutions such as information systems for the energy industry, ERP systems, health care, insurance, banking, web content management systems, filing and document management, schools, law enforcement, shift-management, timeclock control, taxes and trade tariffs. Advania Iceland also offers a wide variety of consulting and implementation services and customized software development for customers.

Advania is Iceland‘s largest computer hardware retailer and supplier of related services. Advania Iceland also has a wide range of retail solutions, especially when it comes to POS-units. Almost every ATM in the country is supplied by Advania, along with most electronic IDs for credit cards. About 1/3 of all laptops in the country comes from Advania. The company offers infrastructure network hardware to meet growing demands for data hosting and optimization, enterprise content management, security, archiving, storage, and virtualization.

In the area of IT services, Advania Iceland supports a wide range of hosting environments, along with solutions for data back-up, application service provisioning (ASP), printing, invoicing, computer operation services, data processing, security solutions and a wide range of business process outsourcing. Advania Iceland handles sales and servicing for all types of telecommunications solutions and data connections. Also under this heading are solutions such as Internet services (ISP), VoIP services and secure data transfer using various methods.

Advania is Iceland’s largest hosting company and operates a dedicated data center under the brandname Thor Data Center. Advania provides services for all major hosting environments, ranging from mainframe and blade servers, Dell, Unix, Linux and Windows to solutions from EMC, HP, IBM and Sun. Advania is Iceland’s leading SaaS and ASP provider (cloud computing), offering ISP and VoIP services as well.

Norway

Advania Norway has about 130 employees. Advania Norway offers industry solutions to retail, logistic and transport/waste, manufacturing, process industries, professional services industries and real estate. 

Advania Norway is the largest Microsoft Dynamics AX partner in Norway, offering a wide range of industry solutions based on standard software, 3rd party- and own products. Being an application- and consulting company, Advania Norway provides business critical and industry solutions to medium sized to larger companies.

Advania has operations on four locations in Norway: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Sandefjord. Managing Director of Advania Norway is Ole Morten Settevik.

The competence of Advania Norway covers a broad spectrum of industries and services and includes the whole value chain from logistic inclusive track and trace to accounting and customer relationships. Based on key industry requirements, Advania Norway has developed industry solutions for a variety of sectors. Advania‘s product strategy in Norway is to develop solutions based on standard software in order to simplify and reduce cost for future upgrades. The overall objective is to attract many customers to use the same standard solution. The industry solutions are being developed in joint partnerships with our customers.

Advania Norway has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft. Other key partners include Dynamics Anywhere and Pocket Mobile (mobility), SignUp and Compello (invoice scanning), Crayon (CRM), Profitbase (BI) etg. Advania Norway has invested heavily over the last few years in order to improve project delivery and quality through the whole value chain. This has been the key in order to be able to deliver according to expectation to an increasingly demanding customer base. The offering also includes services such as sharepoint, integration, business intelligence and CRM.

Sweden

Advania Sweden currently has around 300 employees. The company is currently active in four business areas, business and IT processes, integration, infrastructure and sourcing. Advania Sweden is a leading provider of IT in Sweden.

Advania has operations on eight locations in Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Halmstad, Karlshamn, Kristianstad, Linköping, Malmö and Norrköping. Managing Director of Advania Sweden is Mikael Noaksson.

As specialists in technical infrastructure, Advania Sweden offers a smart and flexible option in operational and management services based on specialized insourcing and outsourcing. Advania Sweden has specialist expertise in Systems and Service Management in accordance with ITIL-practices.

Advania Sweden builds close and long-term cooperation with customers where the company takes overall responsibility of IT using Agile Sourcing methods. Together with a few selected partners, Advania Sweden offers solutions and services throughout the entire lifecycle, from prestudies, design, architecture and implementation to support, operation and management.

A key success factor in order to deliver IT in a professional way is to cooperate with companies who are experts in their field. Advania Sweden is both HP’s largest partner in systems integration and project sales and authorized server consolidation partner of both HP and Microsoft. Advania Sweden has extensive experience in working with key technologies in business.

Partners

The international partner network of Advania includes most IT leaders in the world today. Advania has extensive partner agreements with these companies.

The Advania IT solutions are used in a wide spectrum of industries and governmental organisations. Some of those solutions are implemented in an extraordinary environment that few other companies ever encounter – with commercial and governmental integration on a national level. At the same time, Advania is a part of daily life as a provider of services at the consumer level with IT solutions for small businesses, homes and students.

Advania prides itself of providing customers the best possible service, a diverse but integrated range of solutions and services, a competent and innovative professional staff, and proven managerial skills. The Advania operations are certified by the international quality and security standards ISO 9001 and 27001. 
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • APC
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • EMC
  • HP
  • IBM
  • IBM Cognos
  • Microsoft
  • NCR
  • Nintex
  • Oracle
  • SAP BusinessObjects
  • Software AG
  • Targit
  • Thawte
  • Tibco
  • TrendMicro
  • VeriSign
  • Verizon
  • VMWare
  • WebMethods

Customers

Advania’s IT solutions are used in a wide spectrum of industries and governmental organisations. Advania has over 10,000 corporate customers and that client roster includes many of the Nordic regions largest companies, governmental agencies and institutions and major municipalities.

At the same time, Advania holds a strong position among small and medium-sized companies throughout the Nordic region, and has been growing in that field, for instance, by developing simple web solution tools, business cloud services and custom-built solutions for business, finance and human resources.

Advania prides itself of providing customers the best possible service, a diverse but integrated range of solutions and services, a competent and innovative professional staff, and proven managerial skills. Advania’s operations in Iceland are certified by the international quality and security standards ISO 9001 and 27001.

Social Responsibility

One of the fundamental principles of corporate social responsibility is to align the interests of companies with those of the wider community. Advania places great emphasis on being a responsible member of society and an active participant in its development as a company where the human resources are the greatest asset. A core aspect in corporate social responsibility at Advania is the focus on carrying out the companys’ duties conscientiously, ensuring that its customers receive first-rate services, and at the same time keeping in mind the interests of the society as a whole.

In addition Advania supports a select number of causes which benefit and strengthen the community. Advania considers that social responsibility of companies should not only materialize in giving financial grants to causes, but that companies can have a positive impact on society and set a good example.

Advania is now in active partnership with the Children With Cancer Supporting Trust in Iceland. The agreement between Advania and the Trust includes that all children in Iceland under 16 years of age that have been diagnosed with cancer, are given a full-fledged Dell laptop computer to assist them with schoolwork and facilitate communication with family and friends. Advania also runs the IT systems of the trust.

Advania makes a point of being in close cooperation with leading educational institutions in the Nordic region. Advania has participated in several projects aimed at bringing together the schools and the economy – especially when it comes to high-schools and universites. Advania is the main sponsor of an exciting remote control submarine project at the University of Reykjavík in Iceland.

Management

Advania Nordic

Gestur G. Gestsson is CEO of Advania, a position he has held since 2009. Previously, Gestur served as Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone for five years, prior to which he served as the CEO of Margmiðlun.

Ole Morten Settevik is Managing Director of Advania Norway.

Mikael Noaksson is Managing Director of Advania Sweden.

Advania Iceland Management

Bjarni Birgisson is the Director of the Advania Iceland Software Solutions. He has worked for the Advania group since 1991.

Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir is the Director of the Advania Iceland Key Account Management. She has worked for the Advania group since 2012.

Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson is the Director of the Advania Iceland Hardware and IT Services. He previously directed the Vodafone Service Center in Iceland for 6 years.

Gunnar Ingimundarson is the Director of the Advania Iceland Business Solutions. He's been with the group since 1986.

Jóhann Þór Jónsson is the Director of Finance and Operations at Advania Iceland. He has worked for the group since 2004.

Sigrún Ámundadóttir is the Director of Governmental Solutions at Advania Iceland. She has been with the group since 1991.

Ægir Már Þórisson is the Manager of the Advania Iceland Human Resource and Marketing Division. He came to Advania in 2011. Previously he worked for Capacent for ten years.

History

The Advania roots go back to 1939 when EJS was founded and 1952 when Skýrr was founded.

From late 2009 and to early 2012, Advania underwent a series of mergers and modifications and has now emerged as a leading information technology company in the Nordic region.

The transformation began on November 18th 2009, when four companies merged, forming a 340-employee IT company under the name of Skýrr: 180-employee Skýrr, 80-employee Kögun, 40-employee Landsteinar Strengur, and 20-employee Eskill. On November 10th 2010, EJS, with 160 employees, then merged with Skýrr.

The series of mergers culminated in early 2011 with the merger of Teymi and Skýrr in a 500-employee company. At that point, three of Skýrr’s affiliates within the Teymi group became Skýrr subsidiaries. Those subsidiaries were 100-employee HugurAx in Reykjavík, 200-employee Hands AS in Norway and 300-employee Kerfi AB in Sweden.

In January 2012 Skýrr and HugurAx in Iceland, Kerfi in Sweden and Hands in Norway fully merged under one name: Advania. The company has a staff of 1,100 and operates in three countries under the name of Advania Iceland, Advania Norway and Advania Sweden.

Environmental Policy

Advania follows strict policies to ensure that the company remains in full compliance with both international environmental regulations and the specific environmental requirements of each country/region where we do business. Advania actively works to protect our natural resources by doing the following: 

  • Conserving, reusing, and recycling

    When it is feasible, Advania conserves natural resources by using recycled materials and supplies, efficiently using energy. Advania encourages and supports the sustainable use of renewable natural resources.

  • Reducing and disposing of waste

    Advania reduces and where possible eliminates waste through source reduction and recycling at company facilities. All waste is safely and responsibly handled and disposed of.

  • Selling and procuring safe and sustainable products

    Advania urges its partners and suppliers to develop, manufacture, and market products that are safe for their intended use. Our environmental policies and practices aim to protect, conserve, and sustain the world's natural resources and also protect Advania customers and the communities where we live and operate.

  • Making environmental stewardship part of our business relationships

    At Advania, we strive to incorporate our environmental principles into our business relationships. We seek similar commitments to the environment from our major suppliers. We participate in industry groups to set industry standards on environmental practices. We strive to keep our customers informed about our efforts, and we welcome their feedback. 

  • Continually improving our performance

    We set objectives and targets to ensure continuous improvement in our environmental performance. Advania values employee contributions to our environmental initiatives. We regularly review our business activity and assess our environmental programs, practices, and goals to evaluate progress and identify areas in which we can make further improvement. 

  • Demonstrating responsibility to our stakeholders

    We engage our stakeholders about our objectives and targets, and we periodically communicate our progress to the board of directors, shareholders and customers.

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